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   A client walked into my consulting room yesterday and, breathing in, said “ah, essential oils.”.  He was quite right.  One of the things that I do to provide a comfortable and welcoming space for people is to diffuse a mix of essential oils into the room before they arrive.

So we had a bit of a conversation about essential oils and when I thought about it later, I decided that,  if I was only allowed one oil, lavender would be my most essential.

Lavender essential oil is good for so many things.  It is my number one burn remedy.  Keep a bottle in your kitchen for those times when you catch your arm on an oven shelf or drip something very hot on yourself.  DO NOT run it under cold water.  No!  Instead, immediately apply some neat lavender oil to the burn area and you will feel immediate relief.  And, even better than that, you will have no livid red scar.  It’s true – don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.

Sleep is another thing that lavender oil can help with.  It has a very soothing effect.  A couple of drops in your child’s bedtime bath water can work wonders to settle them down and encourage them to sleep.  And for people who find it hard to drop off to sleep, a drop of lavender oil on your pillow may help.

Don’t think more is better though, I have learned, through unfortunate experience, that four or five drops in the bath can have the opposite effect on one’s children!  And more than one drop on the pillow at night might have your eyes streaming!

If your eyes are streaming through a cold, or flu or some other bacterial or viral illness, however, diffusing lavender oil  into the room is an excellent idea. Lavender oil has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and it can boost the immune system.

A 10ml bottle of lavender oil will cost you around £5 and, as you only use it a couple of drops at a time, it will last you for ages (unless you are particularly accident-prone!).  My recommendation is, buy yourself a bottle now and no, I am not selling it! – you can get good quality lavender oil from most health food shops.

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   Did you know that about one in five people have some difficulty with sleeping?  And it’s easy to imagine that one person’s difficulty with sleeping is pretty much the same as another’s.  In fact, sleep problems are about as wide and varied as people themselves.  For example, some people have difficulty getting to sleep, others have difficulty staying asleep, some sleep walk or talk, still others get woken by nightmares.

Homeopathy has around one hundred and fifty different medicines for sleep problems and the job of the homeopath is to find the right remedy for the specific type of sleeping problem any individual has.

Over the next couple of posts, I will be giving you the details of a few different homeopathic medicines that may help your personal sleeping problem.  In the meantime, here are a few tips and hints on how to maximise your chances of getting a good night’s rest.

  1. Plan on a minimum of eight hours sleep.
  2. Decide on a reasonable time to go to sleep and stick to it – even on weekends.
  3. Go to bed when you begin to feel tired, rather than missing the moment and getting a “second wind”.
  4. Make sure your bedroom isn’t too hot or too cold, has a good supply of fresh air and isn’t too noisy (wear earplugs if it is).
  5. Avoid caffeine in any form (coffee, tea, cola, chocolate) after midday – or altogether if you know you are sensitive to it.
  6. Eat your evening meal at least three hours before going to bed.
  7. Don’t watch television in bed.
  8. Don’t take work to bed with you – make sure your bedroom is a haven where you go to relax, rest and sleep.
  9. Take a book (not too exciting and not work-related) to bed or listen to music for half an hour or so, until you feel sleepy.
  10. Run through your day backwards, starting with the present – many people find they fall asleep before they reach morning!

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